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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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The National Weather Service released snow totals for Wednesday's snowstorm recorded by local spotters. Here are some of those totals: Erie County Springville - 5 inches Elma - 4.8 inches Alden - 4 inches Amherst - 3.6 inches Buffalo Airport - 3.4 inches Blasdell - 3 inches Tonawanda - 2 inches Niagara County Wilson - 5 inches Lockport -…

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A head-on crash shut down Saunders Settlement Road in Lewiston Wednesday morning, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour said. The crash took place in the 1300 block of Saunders Settlement (Route 31). The road was shut down between Miller Road and Mayflower Street. Voutour tweeted that the collision is a "serious head-on crash."  

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A multivehicle accident has been reported on the outbound Skyway this morning. The Skyway was reported back open at about 9 a.m. https://twitter.com/NITTEC/status/961220793861591040 Also reported this morning was a serious head-on crash in Lewiston. Saunders Settlement Road (Route 31) was closed between Miller Road and Mayflower Street, Niagara County Sheriff J…

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New England Patriots' tight end and former Amherst resident Rob Gronkowski has had a lousy couple of days. On Sunday, his team lost the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Then Monday night, Foxborough police officers were sent to his home to investigate a break-in that may have involved the theft of  “multiple safes and possible guns taken,” according to a reco…

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Four men robbed the Reeds Jewelers store on Maple Road in Amherst Friday evening, smashing display cases and taking "several high-end watches," Amherst police said. The incident was first reported by WIVB. Police said the thieves, who are suspected of being a professional crew, entered the Reeds at 4001 Maple Road at about 6:30 p.m. There were staff and customers …

Crime

State investigators probing the death of an unarmed man by a Buffalo police officer noted last week that more than 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies use Tasers. The Buffalo Police Department, they noted, "is not one of those agencies." That could change. The department recently began discussions about the possibility of more widely using Tasers. As o…

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Narcotics detectives with the Buffalo Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office arrested a Buffalo man Friday morning on felony drug charges after executing a search warrant at his home on W. Tupper Street, officials said. Jose Nazario, 37, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession with intent to sell drugs. Investigators found a hal…

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The New York State Attorney General's Office's report on the death of an unarmed man, Jose Hernandez-Rossy, who was shot by Buffalo police last May, gave this account of the events that led to the shooting, based on interviews with Police Officers Justin Tedesco and Joseph Acquino, eyewitnesses, reviews of videos shot by witnesses, 911 calls and forensic evidence from the …

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Buffalo Police Officer Justin Tedesco mistakenly believed his partner had been shot in the ear when he opened fire on Jose Hernandez-Rossy as he was running away last May. Although his partner was bleeding profusely from the side of his head and had screamed that he had been shot, Tedesco was wrong. That was the conclusion by the state Attorney General's Office after…

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Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray was among the good Samaritans who pulled a badly injured man from a burning SUV following a three-vehicle crash with a Metro Bus bus on Grand Island Blvd. Wednesday morning, McMurray acknowledged on his Facebook page. Grand Island fire officials said an unnamed "alert passer-by" pulled the man out of the vehicle. WIVB reported We…

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Depew firefighters were assisted by Airport fire crews at a fire at Twin Village Recycling at 4153 Broadway Wednesday evening, Depew officials said. A 1.1-miles stretch of Broadway in Depew was closed due to the fire, NITTEC reported at 6:41 p.m. The road is closed from Dick to Borden roads. Traffic is being rerouted. The fire was declared under control just after…

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Buffalo fire investigators on Wednesday questioned the father of a 7-year-old boy killed Monday in a fire at his family's Benzinger Street home. The father, Joseph Conti, who had an order of protection against him that should have kept him away from the house, admitted to friends and family that he lit a cigarette with a blowtorch and put it down on a bed on the first f…

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A Grand Island man was pulled from his burning vehicle by an "alert passerby" after a three-vehicle crash on Grand Island Boulevard involving an NFTA bus Wednesday morning, Grand Island fire officials said. The victim was identified as Joseph Rossi, 27. He suffered "serious traumatic injuries" and was rushed by Twin City Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treat…

Crime

A 45-year North Tonawanda man shot in the leg shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Black Rock section of Buffalo was listed in fair condition, Buffalo police said Wednesday afternoon. The victim, identified by police as Scott Whipple of 11th Avenue, was shot inside a vehicle at Amherst and Germain Streets. The suspects then fled with the vehicle, which was later recovere…